As in many functions within organizations, standardizing procedures can bring benefits like efficiency, productivity gains, and consistent outcomes. The same applies to standardization of measurement data analysis and reporting workflows. The following is a list of a few of the benefits that engineering teams can see from standardizing their data analysis and reporting tools and procedures.
Less Time Spent Building Custom Tools
If no tool is chosen for the entire group or organization to use and standardize on, team members or whole teams will end up choosing whichever programming environment, analysis procedure, or report layout that's most comfortable to them. This can lead to individuals spending extra time creating Analysis Procedures or custom scripting that have already been created and verified elsewhere.
Leveraging Domain Experts
Team members with specific focuses often get called upon to complete tasks for the group which lies in their specialty. Having one group member who can perform all of a particular type of analysis can quickly become inefficient once the demand for their skills increase. Leverage these domain experts by having them create and verify an analysis procedure. Once done, the whole team can reuse this verified procedure whenever needed, reducing the amount of time that Domain Experts have to spend performing the analysis themselves while lifting the capabilities of the entire group.
Increase Quality of Results
With different team members or groups using self-created analysis routines there can always be a question of accuracy and quality. If each routine is analyzing the same data to answer the same questions, but using different equations or steps there can be variations in each of their results when in reality they should return the same answers if analyzing the same data. When it comes time compare data across multiple iterations or groups it's often not known if these results can be trusted. By using a standardized and verified process for the whole team or organization, quality results can be guaranteed.